Today’s post highlights my current obsession with a favourite new brand of mine, eShakti.
I had never heard of eShakti till last fall when I attended the “Big Deal Toronto”, a pop up clothing event where you got to shop bloggers’ closets, hosted by plus size boutique – Your Big Sister’s Closet.
While searching through the racks I came across this gorgeous teal dress that Annika, aka “The Stylish Reid” was selling and I was in love. When I looked at the label, I noticed the name of the brand but also that it had a tag that said “custom” in it.
Now Annika is smaller than me but based on the cut of the dress I thought I would give it a try. I was so thrilled when I walked out of the change room and to my surprise it fit perfectly!
So of course the dress went home with me and being the savvy online shopper that I am, I decided to do some research on eShakti. I have to admit that I was excited at the thought of ordering something custom but was nervous that I wouldn’t take my measurements properly or that it just wouldn’t fit properly.
I finally took the plunge this summer and placed my first order. They had a great sale on so I chose 4 different dresses. I even chose one that was form fitting to see how that would work out. I took my measurements 3 times to make sure I was as accurate as I could be and chose to customize the dresses. Now because the pieces are made just for you, they do take some time to arrive.
The website will tell you how long you can expect before your order will ship, it generally is about 12 to 18 days from when you order. For this first order I had it shipped to Canada and the shipping was free which was fantastic and the duty was reasonable. On other orders I have had it shipped to my box in the US. I find the shipping much quicker to the US than what the standard time frame is that they give you.
I was very impressed with the quality of the fabric and the craftsmanship of these pieces. You could see it in the fine details and things like straps to secure your bra are the extra touches that just add to it. All 4 dresses including the body con one fit me perfectly.
So from there I was I hooked and I then decided that I wanted to try separates to see if the fit would be the same. And that is how this look was born. This top and skirt are a perfect fit as well.
The other aspect that I really like about this brand is that not only will they customize the garment to your specific measurements but you can also customize it to fit your tastes. This often includes the sleeve, the neckline, the length and whether you want pockets or not.
So if you are the type of person who doesn’t like sleeveless dresses, you can add a sleeve instead of wearing a shrug or cardi. Or in my case, I don’t like long sleeves, so I can make them 3/4 length or short. I also don’t like things above my knee so I will choose to make it below the knee or midi length. And customization only costs $7.50!
For this work look I chose to pair it with some bright pops of colour and a white bralette from Torrid for some work appropriate coverage. I love this necklace from Lane Bryant as it brings a hot colour for fall, cobalt to the look. I then added a couple of fun bracelets and my new Botkier bag that I am obsessing over. To top it all off, I decided to wear my red patent leather flats just for something a little different.
If you are new to eShakti, you can sign up for an account and receive $40 off your first order. They also currently have a great selection of items on sale for 50% off. If you are nervous about placing an order, I would recommend selecting something on sale and using your $40 off coupon. The price point is very reasonable with most dresses being $80 or less regular price.
Another reason that I love the brand is that they constantly offer sales and things like free shipping or free customization and they recognize their repeat and loyal customers with additional savings. And once you put your measurements into your profile, it is so easy to order a customized piece the next time because everything is linked to your profile.
Do you want to know another secret? eShakti now has their own app that you can download and if you place your order using the app on your mobile device you can get an extra 20% off your order! Now that’s a deal, this accountant loves!
Thank you to Greg for the amazing photos.